Happy Sunday, y’all. Let’s talk about random stuff!
1. Okay, so after I wrote last week’s post, which was supposed to be about my adventure in winter camping but turned out to be about my misadventures in pee-funnel-ordering, a few of you wrote me to ask me more about my winter camping trip — like where I went and stuff.
Because, apparently, some of you actually want useful information and not just stories about pee funnels.
So, for those of you who were curious, I camped at Ludington State Park. They have a couple mini-cabins on site and about a billion other campsites, including some hike-in sites. They also have a lighthouse, sand dunes, access to both Lake Michigan and an inland lake, rent-able water vessels in the summer, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter, and a whole bunch of hiking paths.
But, if you go, I really suggest you do not follow the park ranger’s suggestion on which hiking path you should take. I was all set to go on the easy, flat, mile-and-a-half trek to the lighthouse, when the park ranger convinced me to go on a different hiking route which had “great views.”
And the next thing I knew I was scrambling over slush-covered sand dunes for eight and a half miles.
And those “great views”?
Basically, trees. Lots and lots of trees.
Because, apparently, a park ranger’s idea of “great views” is trees.
Makes sense, really.
2. Speaking of posts about bodily functions, I just got an email from an advertising company this morning telling me that my blog “has been selected as a great fit for inspiring campaign with Depend!” (Their exclamation mark, not mine.)
I’m pretty sure this means I’ve arrived.
I mean, one day I’m just sitting around in my pajamas, writing blog posts about pee funnels.
And then a week later I’m getting overly enthusiastic emails asking you to help advertise adult diapers.
3. Yesterday, I had to say goodbye to the group of Japanese junior high school teachers I had the pleasure of working with this year. They were on a six-month exchange program, where they took classes at the university where I teach and interned at local public schools.
I taught them this summer, and then spent the rest of the six months forcing them to go out drinking with me because CULTURE.
Not only was it the best thing ever to be able to teach teachers. They listened to everything I said and always showed up to class with writing utensils — something my regular students don’t exactly do all the time. Or ever.
But I also felt like in some small way by helping them out for the past six months, I was able to repay some of the kindness and generosity that was shown to me by my Japanese friends and colleagues in Japan.
I called it “paying it backward.” It’s kind of like “paying it forward,” but for lazy, selfish, oblivious people like myself — people who don’t realize how kind and amazing other people are being towards them until it’s way too late.
Now, I just need to help out about fifty billion other Japanese people and then we’ll all be even.
4. Yesterday after bidding farewell to my Japanese friends at the airport, I was super sad so I decided to go to the mall and buy myself everything with polka dots on it.
True fact: It impossible to feel super sad when wearing polka dots.
Not only did I buy a new polka dot sweater, but also this polka dot dress. Which I won’t reasonably be able to wear in public for another one to three months or at least until most of the snow goes away. But that doesn’t mean I can’t wear it to multiple bedroom mirror fashion shows, does it?
Also, I’m not the only one who promptly puts on a bedroom mirror fashion show as soon as I get home from clothes shopping, am I? That’s totally normal adult behavior, right?
5. I also bought a new pair of sneakers, to replace my old pair of sneakers, which my cat has eaten to death because, apparently, stinky old sneakers are DELICIOUS according to cats.
After trying on a whole bunch of fancy, shiny, new sneakers with all kinds of air cushions and gel inserts and day-glow colors, I ended up buying the exact same pair of sneakers I bought last time.
Is this a sign that I’m getting old — that I just buy the same pair of sneakers over and over again because, gosh darn, they’re just so comfy?
Oh, also, I should probably mention they are Dr. Scholl’s sneakers. Yeah, like the company that makes those little cushions for your bunions or whatever. They also make sneakers. And I’m a devoted fan.
I know, I know, I’m like eighty years old, you guys.
But, THEY ARE FREAKING COMFORTABLE, OKAY.
6. So, one of the reasons why I bought a new pair of sneakers (besides, you know, my cat and her sneaker-eating ways) is because I’ve decided to run a 5K race this spring.
I’ve walked a couple 5K races since moving back to the States, but the last race I actually ran for real was the Great Wall 10K almost three years ago. (And, honestly, I only ran the non-Wall portion of that race as the Wall-portions were completely ridiculous and almost impossible to walk, let alone run.)
I kind of gave up running all together about two years ago, and have since stuck to walking or other modes of movement that don’t require my wearing too much spandex.
But this week I downloaded the Couch to 5K app on my phone and I tried it out and, you guys, I’m a total convert.
I had friends recommend the Couch to 5K training program to me before, but after checking out the website explaining it, I promptly gave up. The program involves alternating between walking and running at different timed intervals, which means having to pay attention to the time and do math and a whole bunch of other stuff I’m incapable of doing while running. Or ever.
But the app does all the math for you, and just tells you in this little robotic lady voice when you need to start running. Apparently, that’s all I needed to start running again — a little robotic lady voice instructing me to do so.
7. A few other things I need to buy:
8. As you know, I joined Amazon Prime a month back.
In addition to helping me binge-watch episodes of Downton Abbey, I thought it would also help me save money on book purchases, as you can borrow some books for free with your membership.
This week I started looking into what books I could get for free, and, well, let’s just say that the selection is interesting.
And that’s how I ended up reading a romance novel about a tech-mogul-billionaire-slash-bear-shape-shifter. It is called Bearllionaire. BECAUSE OF COURSE IT IS.
9. I thought you could use this video of a cat answering questions that lead to love.
10. American friends, are you watching the Super Bowl today?
Honest to God, I had to Google search this morning who was even playing in the game. (Also, what’s the deal with the New England Patriots? Do they play for a specific city or are they just supposed to represent all of New England? I should probably know this as a New Yorker, but, whatevs.)
Needless to say, I will not.
But I am planning to eat Super Bowl food (namely chili and corn chips) and drink beer while catching up on Season 5 of Downton Abbey. After all, isn’t Downton Abbey basically like football, but with fancier hats and British accents?
Maybe to get into the spirit of things I’ll boo really loudly anytime Lady Mary bad-mouths Lady Edith. (Although I think we can all agree Lady Edith kind of deserves it.)
How has your week been? Tell me all about it in the comments!